Graham (knee) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.
Graham has slowly but surely increased his comfort within the offense through three games, culminating with six catches (on nine targets) for 100 yards and one touchdown this past Sunday against the 49ers. The development may be tied to putting last year's torn patellar tendon further in the rearview mirror, but San Francisco's defense has allowed the second-most yards (248) to opposing tight ends this season. With another friendly matchup on top in Week 4 -- the Jets have conceded a 71-percent catch rate to TE -- Graham is poised for back-to-back relevant outings.
It was easily Graham's best game of the season, though he failed to make a catch in the second half. He came up with a nifty 40-yard catch at one point in the first half and also scored from 18 yards out. On a negative note, Russell Wilson sprained his left knee in the second half and later left the game. Rookie Trevone Boykin did a decent job in limited action, tossing a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. If Wilson can't go in Week 4, Boykin will start at the Jets.
Graham was far more active in Week 2 than the season opener, increasing his share of the offensive snaps from 21 percent to 82 percent. His production responded in kind -- one catch for 11 yards in Week 1 to three receptions for 42 yards this past Sunday in Los Angeles -- so it isn't out of the realm of possibility that he'll continue the upward trend Sunday versus the 49ers, assuming no setbacks in the interim.
As Graham grows more comfortable with his structurally repaired knee, his workload on game day is sure to increase, as evidenced by him seeing 55 of 67 offensive snaps in Week 2 (versus 17 of 82 in the regular season opener). When it comes to practice, though, the Seahawks will likely err on the side of caution and remove the veteran tight end from any unnecessary drills, at least in the early part of the season. Expect his status for Sunday's game versus the 49ers to be clarified upon the release of Friday's injury report.
Graham appears to be nearing full strength. He had four targets Sunday. If he's truly healthy, he could be more involved in the game plan this week as the offense definitely needs a spark. "Jimmy played a lot of plays (Sunday), which was good,'" Carroll said. "Not as many targets as everyone would like, but he did really well when the ball was thrown to him."
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|Bye: Week 5|
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|8||10/30/16||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|10||11/13/16||@ NE||8:30 pm|
|12||11/27/16||@ TB||4:05 pm|
|14||12/11/16||@ GB||4:25 pm|
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|2011||New Orleans Saints||16||11||99||1310||13.2||59||11||18||2||74|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||15||9||85||982||11.6||46||9||12||1||59|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||16||12||86||1215||14.1||56||16||19||5||61|
|2014||New Orleans Saints||16||13||85||889||10.5||29||10||8||0||54|
|2010||New Orleans Saints||15||5||1||3||3.0||3||0||0||1|
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|2012||New Orleans Saints||15||9||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||16||12||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
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|2010||New Orleans Saints||15||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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